Terrifier - Weapons of Thrash Destruction - (9/10)
Published on April 3, 2017
Death from above.
Terrifier are an awesome new thrash metal band out of Canada. We all know Canada’s awesome thrash history with bands like Razor, Annihilator, and Voivod. Now Terrifier have come along to continue the country’s awesome thrash tradition. Although Weapons of Thrash Destruction is only their second album, the band have made their mark on the scene. They play a kickass, mosh-inducing aggressive style of thrash that appeals to fans of old school thrash as well as fans of the new wave of bands.
Terrifier thrives on fast, high-energy songs driven by killer riffs that are sure to generate a pit in seconds. There are faster bands out there but that has always been the case in thrash. Still, Terrifier thrashes pretty hard with plenty of speed and a guitar tone thick enough to enhance the utter brutality of the riffs. There is not much in the way of lead work on this album but the solos are terrific and most importantly, there are plenty of them. As you would expect, the solos are fast and furious, packing a really energetic punch throughout the album.
The band’s high-energy style works particularly well on songs like “Skitzoid Embolism,” which might be the fastest song on the album and almost certainly the best. This track packs a ferocious wallop akin to getting punched in the face for four minutes with very little break other than the solos and the Total Recall clip that opens the track. Thankfully, the band lightens up a touch on “Drunk as Fuck” with a less speedy, slightly heavier approach. It even comes through in the solos which are still high-energy but have a little more fun injected into them rather than a showing of pure skill and talent. The bass also stands out as being a nice addition to these tracks in particular though it adds plenty to the mix on the other tracks.
Although most of the drumming on this record is not particularly unique or special, it possesses enough variety in the songs to keep the listener engaged and all of it is executed with extreme precision. Not that the band needed help in this area but Kyle’s performance adds depth and power to the band’s high-energy, rapid-fire punching sound. He does so with driving rhythms and lots of clever kick drumming, even including rapid fire double kick when necessary. Chase’s vocals are excellent and his style is quite intriguing as it is sort of a hybrid of styles. There are times when he is doing his best MegaDave impression (see the one minute mark of “Bestial Tyranny”) and it is a fun time but his high-pitched screeching yell is what really stands out as being spectacular. The style is a familiar one for the new wave of thrash bands but Chase’s delivery is higher, faster and packs a much bigger punch than the delivery of many of his peers.
This early in the year, it is hard to say definitively that any album is the best of its genre but as of now, Terrifier’s Weapons of Thrash Destruction definitely earns the title of Best in Class. It has been another very solid year for thrash so far and no matter who comes out on top in December, Terrifier have earned a place at the thrash banquet with this absolutely terrific ripper of an album. If anyone’s not convinced, listening to the bookends of this album will do the trick as “Reanimator” and “Sect of the Serpent” will both rip your face to shreds.